Writing Science Through Critical Thinking

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 1997 - Medical - 263 pages
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Written and extensively class tested with NSF/NIH support, this timely and useful text addresses a crucial need which is acknowledged in most universities and colleges. It is the need for students to learn to write in the context of their field of study; in this case science. Although numerous "how to" writing books have been published, few, if any, address the central pedagogical issues underlying the process of learning to think and write scientifically. The direct connection between this writing skill and that of critical thinking is developed with engaging style by the author, an English professor. Moriarty's book is an invaluable guide for both undergraduate and graduate science students.
In the process of learning the specific requirements of organization demanded by scientific writing, students will develop strategies for thinking through their scientific research, well before they sit down to write. This instructive text will be useful to students who need to satisfy a science writing proficiency requirement in the context of a science course, a course in technical writing, advanced composition, or writing for the profession.
 

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Contents

The Language of Science
23
Developing a Perspective
44
Abstracts
61
The Scientific Paper
81
Using Graphics in Scientific Writing
113
DescriptionPerspective
131
Definition
146
Classification as Context
163
ComparisonContrast
177
Process
191
Take This Fish and Look at It by Samuel H Scudder
205
The Germ Theory of Disease by Girolamo Fracastoro
219
A Structure
233
Writing Grant Proposals
239
Index
261
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